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Gaps in Care Use Case Continues Efforts Ahead of September Ballot

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 12, 2020 10:52:12 AM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Connectathon, Da Vinci, value based care, implementation guide, Gaps in Care

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Much Progress Made on This and Other Da Vinci Project Use Cases During Recent FHIR Connectathon

The HL7 Da Vinci Project’s Gaps in Care use case continues to make rapid progress in developing a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®)-based solution to help payers, providers and patients improve care quality under value-based care scenarios.

Several issues were addressed during last month’s Virtual FHIR Connectathon, and the hope is that an implementation guide update for the standard will be balloted in September stated Viet Nguyen, MD and Yan Heras, who are leading the work on the use case. The progress and work on the Gaps in Care use case exemplifies work done on several Da Vinci Project use cases during the Connectathon.

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An Attendee's Perspective on the Virtual HL7 FHIR Connectathon & the Future of Tech Conferences

[fa icon="calendar'] May 22, 2020 2:12:42 PM / by Tarun Kumar Chawdhury posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Connectathon, Da Vinci, value based care, implementation guide, notifications, payer data exchange

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Due to COVID-19, most of the in-person conferences have been changed to virtual events. I recently attended my first-ever fully online technology conference, the Virtual HL7 FHIR Connectathon. This article details my experience and recommendations, in general, for all future conferences post-COVID-19.

Introduction

First, let me give my kudos to HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Product Director Grahame Grieve, the planning team, track leads, FHIR community and HL7 for the  excellent execution of  the Virtual FHIR Connectathon. The conference includes healthcare data interoperability topics with different tracks, expertise and both technical non-technical skills.

I have attended many in-person conferences in the past. Over time, I realized people attend conferences for primarily for two reasons:

  1. Learning new skills
  2. Networking

Let me share my thoughts based on my first Virtual FHIR Connectathon experience.

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C-CDA Implementation-A-Thon in September 2019 as Part of HL7 FHIR Connectathon

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2019 11:32:39 AM / by Dave Hamill posted in CDA, HL7 working group meeting, C-CDA, Connectathon

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The next Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) Implementation-A-Thon (IAT) is scheduled this September 14-15  in Atlanta, Georgia. It will be held as a track within the HL7 FHIR Connectathon, allowing attendees to optimize participation across CDA and FHIR-related tracks. 

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HL7 FHIR DevDays Recap: Boston is on FHIR!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2018 3:45:00 PM / by Russ Leftwich, MD posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, interoperability, health IT, Google, Connectathon, Apple, DevDays, apps

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 Boston is on FHIR!

HL7® FHIR® DevDays in Boston just concluded. This first US Edition of HL7 FHIR DevDays exceeded expectations in all respects. Attendance eclipsed all previous HL7 FHIR DevDays events and there was a waiting list. The content was stellar and was a window into the rapidly changing future of healthcare data liquidity and secure data access that is starting to become reality. Furthermore, the State Room venue on the 33rd floor above downtown Boston was spectacular.  

Caption: View of downtown Boston from the State Room on the 33rd floor. 

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What Can Apple Learn from the CCDE Track at the HL7® FHIR®  Connectathon 17

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2018 1:41:34 PM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, health IT, Connectathon, Patient Consent, Patient Experience, Operational Efficiency, Apple, HIPAA, CCDE, Right to Access, OAuth2

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon Consumer Centered Data Exchange Track

Covered entities face an ever-growing demand to enable digital health apps to access Protected Health Information (PHI). The technical and legal requirements to enable this are the focus areas for the Consumer Centered Data Exchange (CCDE) track at the HL7 FHIR Connectathon. This track initiated at the San Diego Connectathon (September 2017), and it made more progress recently (January 27-28) at the New Orleans Connectathon. Track participation may have been piqued by Apple’s recent announcement that it will provide patients an “effortless solution bringing health records to iPhone”, and that Apple will use FHIR services to enable this.

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Caption: Participants at the HL7 FHIR Connectathon 17 in New Orleans, LA. Image credit: Kai Heitmann.

Apple’s announcement couldn’t be more closely tied to the work of the enthusiastic CCDE track participants, representing the entire healthcare industry including providers, payers, government, academia and app developers. Apple could benefit a lot from this track’s work if iPhone users are to access PHI from covered entities beyond the initial 12 participants of the iOS 11.3 beta.

Why? Mainly because the CCDE track focuses on 3 key requirements:

  1. It should be technically simple for a covered entity to verify that an app requesting access to a patient’s PHI is indeed controlled by that particular patient;
  2. The way an app accesses PHI should be compliant with data governance and privacy policies of the covered entity, as well as HIPAA guidelines, and;
  3. The experience of an app user should be simple enough so that they clearly understand and acknowledge what they are sharing with the app. 

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HL7 and TransCelerate Improving Clinical Research and Standard of Care Together

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 20, 2017 1:16:47 PM / by Trisha Simpson posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, health IT, Connectathon, clinical research

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon at HL7's 31st Annual Plenary & Working Group Meeting

I don’t know what you were doing on Saturday, September 9, but I was in a San Diego hotel ballroom watching a little history being made.

HL7 held the 16th FHIR Connectathon on September 9 & 10 and it was another great success. Over 200 people happily gathered together at 9:00 am (with lots of coffee) to work in the 19 tracks developing FHIR solutions.

Clinical Research Track

The Clinical Research track, co-sponsored by TransCelerate, filled three large tables. This was a huge jump in participation. We had seven participants at the January Connectathon in San Antonio and two at the May Connectathon in Madrid.

Read more about how TransCelerate BioPharma Inc. generated use cases for the Clinical Research track and supported the event here.

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HL7® FHIR® Connectathon 16: Patient Consent Forms: Redundant in the World of OAuth2? Part 2 of 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2017 9:43:53 AM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, health IT, Connectathon, Patient Consent, Patient Experience, Operational Efficiency, OAuth2

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon Consumer Centered Data Exchange Track

In my previous article, Patient Consent Forms: Redundant in the World of OAuth, Part 1, I suggested providers to design their OAuth2 authorization challenge as a patient consent form so that patient consent can be digitally recorded during the OAuth dance. This would allow providers to share patient health records with the patient health apps much more efficiently without requiring separate paper/PDF consent forms, while still meeting the policy and regulatory requirements.

In this post, I will walk through a specific example of how to do this, and also discuss the differences in providers and patients’ perspectives on consent.

OAuth2 Authorization Challenge as a Patient Consent Form

First, let’s consider the scenarios from the Consumer Centered Data Exchange track at the FHIR Connectathon 16 in San Diego where a patient app can pull their health records from all of their providers in one place, or cause their EMR data to be sent from provider A to provider B. In both these scenarios, the provider may need an explicit patient consent or authorization form (often paper-based) signed by patient. So, how can we use OAuth2 challenge instead to capture patient consent?

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HL7® FHIR® Connectathon 16: Patient Consent Forms: Redundant in the World of OAuth2? Part 1 of 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2017 11:56:45 AM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, health IT, Connectathon, Patient Consent, Patient Experience, Operational Efficiency, OAuth2

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon Consumer Centered Data Exchange Track

The HL7 FHIR Connectathon 16 in San Diego hosted a Consumer Centered Data Exchange track, focusing on scenarios where a patient app can “pull” their health records from all of their providers in one place, or cause their EMR data to be sent from provider A to provider B. However, before such pulling or sharing can begin, one needs to consider that a provider may require an explicit patient consent or authorization form (often paper-based) signed by the patient

Today, a patient would typically do this by signing a paper form and the provider would hand over a DVD containing scanned PDF copies of the patient’s health records. Now, imagine using a consumer health app on your phone, and every time you request your provider to share your records, the app asks you to first download a consent form that you then need to print, sign and fax to your provider. That would be a cumbersome and undesirable patient experience. Instead, digitally embedding patient consent during the electronic pulling or sharing of patient records itself can make this experience much smoother.

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CDS Hooks, Genomics and More: Update from HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15 in Madrid

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2017 9:49:37 AM / by David Hay posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, health IT, Connectathon

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As is customary, the team held a FHIR® Connectathon preceding the HL7 International Conference & Working Group Meeting in Madrid earlier this month.

Connectathons are an integral part of the HL7 FHIR process as they help validate the decisions that are made as part of the overall development of the specification, and ensure the standard is as easy as possible to implement (recognizing that healthcare interoperability is always going to be complex). 

HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15 had approximately 80 attendees – a bit down from previous connectathons, though still a strong turnout for an event held outside of the US. 

This connecthaton featured 10 tracks, click here to read the complete list. 

Following are some of the highlights: 

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Getting Ready for HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 5, 2017 3:48:15 PM / by David Hay posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, interoperability, health IT, Connectathon

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It’s my pleasure to make you aware of the next HL7 FHIR Connectathon taking place on Saturday,   May 6 and Sunday, May 7 in Madrid, Spain. This event takes place in conjunction with the May 2017 International Conference & Working Group Meeting

Hard to believe, but it’s already the 15th one and we look forward to many more.

If you are thinking about attending this Connectathon, but you’re not sure if it is right for you, or even where to start, as one of the organizers, I can help. 

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